Martin Routledge, In Control's Head of Operations, was invited
to be part of the discussion at the Westminster Health Forum
Keynote Seminar: Next steps for dementia care - commissioning, the
Dementia Challenge and the Care Bill held on 26th
Martin was invited to join the panel discussion about
'Personalisation, providing dementia friendly services and meeting
the costs of care' which focused on questions such as:
- In what ways can carers, health professionals and families work
together to deliver dignity and compassion in care, and to tackle
issues such as loneliness and stigma?
- With the uptake of personal budgets among people with dementia
significantly lower than other client groups, how can perceived
risks such as lack of information, financial abuse, and issues of
capacity be addressed?
- How can Health and Wellbeing Boards work best to drive
integration and to provide support for people with dementia and
their families and carers?
- What are the key challenges to delivering dementia friendly
hospitals and cities - organisational, financial and in raising
awareness - and how can they be tackled?
- Does the suggested cap in the Care Bill go far enough in
reforming the funding of long-term care; can more be done to meet
the financial costs of dementia care?
Other panel members included:
- Danielle Woods, Dementia Project Manager, Bradford Teaching
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Jean Tottie, Chair, Uniting Carers, Dementia UK
- Dr Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing, Health Education
- Beverly Hone, Assistant Director, Adult Social Care, Strategy,
Commissioning & Supply Management, East Sussex County
The debate continued with questions and comments from the floor
with Professor Susan Benbow, Director, Older Mind Matters Ltd and
Visiting Professor of Mental Health and Ageing, Staffordshire
University and Adelina Comas-Herrera, Research Fellow, Personal
Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), London School of Economics
and Political Science.
To view the agenda from the day, visit:
For information about forthcoming Westminster Health Forum